In our opinion: Utah is abundantly richer for the life of Randy Horiuchi

His humor and good-natured personality were matched only by his passion for the causes he held dear.

In our opinion: Aligning incentives on student loans

Giving colleges financial exposure in student loan defaults would motivate them to think carefully about finding a good fit for high-risk students, steering them to majors likely to produce jobs,... Read more »

Oct. 27, 2015


In our opinion: New study shows link between strong families and prosperous states

The report, “Strong Families, Prosperous States,” presents evidence that states with the highest percentages of married-parent families also are the most prosperous, and that they have... Read more »

Oct. 26, 2015


In our opinion: Salt Lake City hosts the World Congress of Families

More than any other state in the country, Utah has a vested interest in caring for children and in strengthening families. Few investments pay a bigger dividend over the long run than investing in... Read more »

Oct. 25, 2015


In our opinion: The reasons for increased highway fatalities should concern all of us

After more than a decade of decline, the rate of highway fatalities in Utah is up for the second straight year. But statistics demonstrate that when it comes to preventing accidents, the onus is... Read more »

Oct. 23, 2015


In our opinion: College degree data show mixed results

National Edition

Mixed results from the Census Bureau data. We applaud the dramatic increase in academic achievement by women. That will be a huge blessing to the nation’s future. But much more must be done... Read more »

Oct. 22, 2015


In our opinion: Utahns work to bridge social divide on difficult family issues

Utah is hosting three conferences on the changing family. Salt Lake is an excellent location where honest and open dialogue on these sensitive issues is encouraged, and where demonizing or... Read more »

Oct. 20, 2015


In our opinion: Prop 1 funding is needed for communities in our region

Our multimodal transit system, including light rail, heavy commuter rail, buses and a fledgling trolley system, ranks high among urban systems nationwide. We must provide the means for local... Read more »

Oct. 19, 2015


In our opinion: Bernie Sanders introduces a new dimension into the presidential campaign

National Edition

Bernie Sanders' declaration that he is a democratic socialist introduces a new dimension into the presidential campaign and reflects the fact that many people have a growing concern about economic... Read more »

Oct. 18, 2015


In our opinion: Utah making progress to improve mental health

Mental health is a concern for everyone, especially in Utah where the rates of depression are significantly higher than the national average. Those who need treatment must not be discouraged from... Read more »

Oct. 17, 2015


In our opinion: The speaker has near-dictatorial power in the House

The American people would be wise to educate themselves on the nature of the speaker’s office and its powerful influence on the American legislative process. Read more »

Oct. 16, 2015


In our opinion: Utah payday loans lead many to debt trap

Payday lenders thrive by luring customers into a cycle of perpetual debt, and they can get away with it under Utah’s relatively lax regulations. Utah payday lenders charge an average of 482... Read more »

Oct. 15, 2015


In our opinion: Social Security trustees warn of 'urgent threat of reserve depletion'

National Edition

The Social Security trustees warn that “prompt action is needed to prevent Social Security’s aggregate financial shortfall from growing to an intractable size." Read more »

Oct. 14, 2015


In our opinion: Cash incentives to conserve water

The plan to offer cash incentives for less use of water is manipulation of the market, creating an artificial incentive to conserve. If it works, though, it will validate the importance of cost in... Read more »

Oct. 13, 2015

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In our opinion: The breach between mass violence and gun control

The latest mass-violence tragedies have stoked the fires of conflicting gun-control policies. The primary problem of mass violence is that it is a multidimensional problem and policy debate is... Read more »

Oct. 12, 2015


In our opinion: Criminal justice reform

We are witnessing support across the political spectrum away from the failed “throw away the key” approach to correctional policy and toward a philosophy that is immeasurably more... Read more »

Oct. 11, 2015


In our opinion: How family dynamics impact the federal budget

National Edition

The evolution of the family over the past 60 years has created what some believe to be an insurmountable obstacle to balancing the federal budget in our lifetimes. Read more »

Oct. 10, 2015


In our opinion: Suspended Alaskan oil drilling

Royal Dutch Shell's decision to suspend drilling off the Alaskan coast is not so much an environmental victory as it is a reflection that the costs of recovering oil exceed projected revenues at... Read more »

Oct. 9, 2015


In our opinion: Arne Duncan leaves behind mixed legacy, passion for education

National Edition

No one should question Arne Duncan's passion for education or for helping students. But his mixed legacy does not leave states any better equipped to forge their own paths to better schools. Read more »

Oct. 8, 2015


In our opinion: Manned mission to Mars would be inspiring, unifying challenge

The same inspiration that called America to the moon fires the imagination and demands that we meet a 21st-century challenge to push further in our efforts to understand and explore what’s... Read more »

Oct. 8, 2015


In our opinion: Antiquities Act and underwater monuments

Misusing the Antiquities Act excludes public and congressional input and is counter to the reason the act was established in the first place. It’s time for this law to be drastically reformed... Read more »

Oct. 6, 2015


In our opinion: Secret Service targeting Rep. Chaffetz

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is rightfully frightened and angered by disclosures this week that the Secret Service released private information about him to retaliate for his criticism of the... Read more »

Oct. 5, 2015


In our opinion: Think twice before venting online

E-venting seems to have become a national pastime, with much online feedback taking on a negative and even angry tone. However, refraining from e-venting may be in your own best interest. Read more »

Oct. 4, 2015


In our opinion: Remembering German Unity Day

Today commemorates 25 years since the countries East and West Germany reunited as one. May Unity Day remind every country and people that opportunities to help others and come together exist,... Read more »

Oct. 3, 2015


In our opinion: Time is of the essence with forthcoming hearings on Medicaid expansion plan

Time is of the essence with a potential Medicaid expansion plan. No plan would sail through the Legislature without difficult opposition. Read more »

Oct. 2, 2015


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